Many people experience thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives. It’s important to understand that you are not alone. At Miramont Behavioral Health, our mental health professionals offer compassionate, intensive care for adolescents and adults experiencing suicidal ideation. We understand that suicidal thoughts or behaviors may stem from underlying conditions such as depression, hopelessness, severe anxiety, insomnia, or panic attacks. We take a holistic and individualized approach to healing that immediately addresses the crisis at hand. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, it’s important to reach out for help immediately.
For Immediate Help
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by suicidal thoughts, get help now.
- Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
- Call a suicide hotline. In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 any time of day — press “1” to reach the Veterans Crisis Line or use Lifeline Chat.
Assessing Suicide Risk and Behavior
A person can have thoughts of suicide and never attempt it. However, a person may also attempt suicide after only briefly experiencing suicidal ideations. This is why it is imperative that all threats of suicide be treated seriously. Seek help immediately if you or someone you know does any of the following:
- Threatens to hurt or kill oneself
- Attempts to access weapons, medication, or other means of suicide
- Talks or writes about death
- Exhibits revenge-seeking behavior
- Talks about feeling trapped
- Talks about having no purpose
- Withdraws from friends, family, school, work, or other important relationships
- Engages in risky behavior
Suicide Risk Factors
Though risk factors do not cause or predict suicide, they may make it more likely that an individual will consider or attempt suicide. Risk factors for suicide may include:
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders
- Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
- History of trauma or abuse
- Major physical or chronic illnesses
- Previous suicide attempt
- Family history of suicide
- Recent job or financial loss
- Recent loss of a relationship
- Easy access to lethal means
- Local clusters of suicide
- Lack of social support and sense of isolation
- Stigma associated with asking for help
- Lack of health care, especially mental health treatment
- Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
- Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
Suicide Treatment Options at Miramont Behavioral Health
At Miramont Behavioral Health, we offer inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for patients struggling with suicidal thoughts. For more information regarding how we can help you or your loved one get the best treatment, please contact us. Our trained mental health professionals will provide you with a comprehensive clinical assessment to best determine a course of treatment. Call us today. We are available 24/7 to help you.